Jan Vertonghen says coronavirus has made him ‘more coveted’ on free transfer

first_img2JAN VERTONGHEN claims the horrific coronavirus pandemic has made him ‘more coveted’ as a player.The Belgian international defender is out of contract at Spurs this summer and seems certain to leave after eight years in north London.2 Jan Vertonghen has made 19 appearances in the Premier League this seasonCredit: PA:Press Association⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesAnd he believes the imminent collapse of the transfer market will make him one of football’s hottest properties.Vertonghen, 33 today, said: “The coronavirus lockdown has brought a lot of uncertainty to the transfer market and, strangely enough, it has had a positive effect on interest in players who are out of contract.“A lot of clubs don’t have the money to do transfers so players like me, who are free, are more coveted than ever before.“Since January a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals for next season and I really want to continue at the top level for a few years more.“I’d like to play European football next season and though the Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious markets for me, I will keep all my options open.”Vertonghen, who cost Spurs £8million when he joined from Ajax in 2012, has not ruled out extending his stay at the club.He added: “I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs or another club.”But Vertonghen wants a two-year contract and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is only willing to offer him a 12-month deal, which has opened the door for Inter Milan to move to the head of the queue.Speaking in a video call to Play Sports in Belgium, Vertonghen said he was certain he had not played his last game for Spurs and confident the Premier League season will eventually be completed.But he admitted it could put a strain on family life if top-flight stars are quarantined together while playing out the remaining 92 games.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealLATEST SPORT NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHe said: “They will do everything to finish the competition and people here are even considering quarantining the players, coaches and referees for five weeks to finish the games.“It would be like a mini-World Cup, which would be quite dramatic for a family man like me.“But money talks and players have little say about this.”CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more

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Indian Bomber Abu Yusuf al- Hindi Killed in Terror Operation: ISIS

first_imgAn Indian suicide bomber killed a number of people in an attack at Raqqa in Syria, the Islamic State group claimed on August 21.  The terror organization named the suicide bomber as Abu Yusuf al- Hindi.The terror group claimed that a “number” of “Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) apostates” were killed or injured in the suicide attack. ISIS released the statement in Arabic via its Amaq propaganda agency, PTI reported citing US-based monitoring firm SITE Intelligence Group. There was, however, no confirmation about the Indian suicide bomber from Indian agencies, the news agency added.Specially Designated Global TerroristAbu Yusuf al-Hindi, 30, was a former Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist who later became a recruiter for ISIS in the Indian subcontinent. Also said to be known as Mohammad Shafi Armar, al-Hindi was named a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the United States in June this year, and became perhaps the first Indian leader of ISIS against whom America declared sanctions. The State Department of the United States had then described him as the “leader and head recruiter” in India for ISIS, saying “He has cultivated dozens of ISIS sympathizers who are involved in terrorist activities across India, such as plotting attacks, procuring weapons, and identifying locations for terrorist training camps.”An Interpol Red Corner notice was also issued against him.Terror Activities in IndiaBorn in Bhatkal, Karnataka, Al-Hindi went by many aliases like ‘Chhote Maula’ and ‘Anjan Bhai’. He was thought to have left for Pakistan in 2009-10 along with his elder brother after coming under the radar of the Indian government. His brother, Muhammad Sultan Armar, was killed in an encounter near Kobane in Syria in March 2015.Yusuf al-Hindi was reported to have got killed in a US airstrike in Syria in April this year, but the report was later refuted by many counter-terror organizations. “Some social media platforms announced his death, but as per our information, he is still communicating with prospective recruits who are under the scanner of security agencies for showing ‘jihadi’ tendencies,” the Hindustan Times had reported, citing a central counter-terror group official in May 2016.In July last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had named Yusuf al-Hindi among six suspected ISIS terrorists in a chargesheet filed before a special court over an alleged conspiracy to carry out terror activities during the Ardh Kumbh festival in Haridwar. While Akhlakur Rehman, Md Azeemushan, Md Meraj, Md Osama and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed were remanded to judicial custody, al-Hindi was reported to be absconding.ISIS Recruiter He was thought to be recruiting the youth for the Jund ul Khalifa-e-Hind — the regional arm of ISIS. He earlier headed the Ansar-ul Tawhid fil Bilad al-Hind — “Supporters of Monotheism in the land of India” — a breakaway faction of the IM, according to a Firstpost report of 2016.0Yusuf al-Hindi first came into focus when the NIA started a probe into suspected Islamic State-inspired operatives at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh in 2015. He was then identified as one of the recruiters who were instigating and radicalizing the Muslim youth in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka through the internet, social media platforms and messaging services. Related ItemsAbu Yusuf al- Hindi ISISAbu Yusuf al- Hindi KarnatakaAbu Yusuf al- Hindi Shafi ArmarBhatkal ISIS terroristIndia Islamic State terroristsIndian ISIS terrorist killedIndian suicide bomber SyriaIndian terrorists SyriaIndians ISIS SyriaLittle IndiaShafi Armar ISISlast_img read more

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